Thoroughbred is the very definition of a hidden gem. Tucked away in a narrow Victorian brownstone between a Montessori and a 40-story condo, this two-floor bar and restaurant seems rather unassuming—until you step inside and feel the electricity of the place. Head chef Ariel Coplan serves contemporary Canadian cuisine of remarkable depth and ingenuity, redefining the terms of local delicacies. His ludicrously addictive kung pao cauliflower has spawned scores of imitators around town (none as tasty as the original), while the showstopping assador de barro—a succulent house-made sausage served tableside over a sambuca flame—never fails to astonish. And don’t forget your drink order; those signature cocktails are some of the best in the city.